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Boys' Hotel and summer camp (Kansas City, Missouri) photograph collection

Call Number: RH PH 136


Photographs of facilities, residents, and activities of the Boys' Hotel, Kansas City, Missouri and the Boys' Hotel summer camp on the Big Blue River. The photographer is Anderson of Kansas City or unknown, unless otherwise noted.


  • Creation: 1921 - 1932


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

History of the Boys' Hotel

The Boys Hotel was opened in 1912 to house and teach orphaned boys in the Kansas City, Missouri area. A Boys Hotel Club Memorial (Annex) Building was constructed and opened in 1921, located on Admiral Boulevard between Flora and Highland Avenues. The organization also opened Camp Bo-Ho-Ca (named for the first two letters in each word of "Boys Hotel Camp") on the Blue River. The camp served as a boarding school for orphaned boys ages 9-14; once they were old enough, they would join other boys at the Hotel. The hotel included a library and auditorium, and boys living there learned etiquette in addition to other classwork. The hotel also had a day school.

[Information retrieved from the Kansas City Public Library, "The Pedergast Years: Kansas City in the Jazz Age and Great Depression,"]


.25 Linear Feet (48 photographs in 1 document case)

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Physical Location

RH PH 136

Guide to the Boys' Hotel Collection
Boys' Hotel and summer camp (Kansas City, Missouri) photograph collection
Finding aid encoded by rw, 2008. Finding aid revised by cmp, 2023.
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Boys' Hotel and summer camp, RH PH 136, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States